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The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

Miss Marple comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Bantry
Bates, The Butler
Maureen Bennett ...
Carolyn Pickles ...
Miss Giles
The Major
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Vicar (as Charles Lloyd-Pack)
Richard Pearson ...
Doctor Haydock


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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the murderer among them all?


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Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd  »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,000,000, 31 December 1981
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is set in 1953, hence the Saturday village fête being thrown in aid of the Coronation fund (referring to the Regal Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2nd that year). See more »


Set 1953, Marty Fenn drives a 1959 model car. See more »


Lola Brewster: You seem lovely, as always. Of course, there are fewer lights on than usual. In fact, any fewer, and I'd need a seeing-eye dog.
Marina Rudd: Oh, I shouldn't bother to buy one, dear. In that wig, you could play Lassie.
Lola Brewster: Same adorable sense of humor. And I'm so glad to see that you've not only kept your GORGEOUS figure, but you've added SO MUCH to it!
Marina Rudd: What are you doing here so early, dear? I thought the plastic surgery seminar was in Switzerland.
Lola Brewster: Actually, darling, I couldn't wait to begin our little movie. ...
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A Wandering Minstrel, I
Composed by Arthur Sullivan
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pretty good
12 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Surprisingly faithful adaption of the excellent Christie book adds some campy insults to the story by having Taylor and Novak square off as jealous rivals, but the outcome still carries a mild punch. Lansbury is excellent as Jane and it's nice to see Liz reunited with Hudson after their stint in the 50's on Giant. One of the better all star casts for an Agatha picture, with a nice recreation of St Mary Mead. Makes you feel like you're really in a small English village.

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